Diego Simeone isn’t giving up on Atlético Madrid’s season simply but, even because the group’s performances proceed to worsen following consecutive cup disappointments.
“I really feel superb, with nice enthusiasm. The identical as I had the primary day (I arrived as coach). I solely take into consideration optimistic issues,” Simeone advised the media Friday as Atlético put together to face Valencia. “Everybody sees what they need to see. I attempt to take a look at the dynamics from the most recent league video games, which aren’t unhealthy. We beat Rayo and drew at Villarreal’s stadium. Hopefully, we will proceed with that optimistic dynamic. All the things that has occurred (already this season) can’t be mounted.
“Ninety p.c of the gamers who made us champions a number of months in the past will play tomorrow.”
Atlético (9-6-5, 33 factors) haven’t performed a league recreation in practically two weeks and are barely hanging on to fourth place. One of many Rojiblancos’ rivals for high 4 could possibly be Valencia (7-8-6, 29 factors), particularly if José Bordalás’s group pulls off a victory on Saturday night time. Los Che haven’t received any of the previous 14 conferences with Atleti.
“We’ve at all times been robust when we now have been all collectively — the followers, the administrators, the (gamers and coaches),” Simeone stated. “We want forcefulness and steadiness. We’ve to transmit these qualities within the area. We’re going to discover a powerful, complicated group (on Saturday), we all know their coach nicely.”
The injured Antoine Griezmann-Geoffrey Kondogbia-Marcos Llorente trio can be unavailable on this last recreation earlier than a world break, however much-needed defensive reinforcements are on the way in which (no, not from the switch market). José Giménez and Stefan Savić are good to go after lacking the Copa del Rey defeat in midweek. Assuming Savić performs, will probably be his first look because the 2-1 loss to Mallorca on Dec. 5.
“We belief and consider on this group,” Simeone stated. “We consider that the group is extra necessary than people. When the group responds (to antagonistic conditions), every part capabilities higher.”
This recreation preview can be up to date with the official squad checklist.
Date Jan. 22, 2022
Location Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid
Kickoff time 9:00 p.m. CET, 8:00 p.m. GMT, 3:00 p.m. EST, 12:00 p.m. PST